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Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

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DEPARTURE. Pope Francis boards a plane to Yangon on November 26, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis will arrive in Myanmar hoping to encourage efforts to contain a crisis that has seen many of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in the mostly Buddhist Myanmar, forced from their homes

ROME, Italy (Nov. 27, 2017) — Pope Francis set off Sunday, November 26, on his 21st and possibly most delicate overseas trip yet, a 6-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh against the backdrop of the unfolding Rohingya refugee crisis. Continue reading Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

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NOWHERE TO GO. A young Rohingya refugee looks on in Hakimpara refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

‘At present, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are not in place to enable safe and sustainable returns,’ says UNHCR

GENEVA, Switzerland (Nov. 25, 2017) — Conditions for Rohingya refugees to safely return to Myanmar from Bangladesh are not in place, the UN said Friday, November 24, a day after the two countries announced repatriation would begin in two months. Continue reading Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

The UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, Ivan Simonovic, add the international response to the crisis was a failure

UNITED NATIONS (Oct. 19, 2017) — Myanmar’s government has failed to meet its international obligations and protect Rohingya Muslims from the atrocities taking place in Rakhine state, two UN special advisers said Wednesday, October 18. Continue reading Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya

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An eight-year-old Rohingya girl inside a refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The report is based on 65 interviews with Rohingya who recently arrived in Bangladesh. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Region’s head of human rights calls on Aung San Suu Kyi to stop violence as report says ‘clearance operations’ include killings, torture and rape

October 11, 2017 — Myanmar security forces have driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday. Continue reading UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya

7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

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SEEKING REFUGE. Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they’re towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia’s East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. AFP Photo

Some 74% of the 31,000 millennials surveyed says they are emphatic with the situation of the refugees, data from the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Shapers Annual Survey reveal

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 29, 2017) — Millennials are more emphatic of refugees’ situation and would want their governments to welcome them in their countries, an international survey said. Continue reading 7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

Iraqi forces advance towards heart of ISIS-held bastion

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BATTLE VS ISIS. A fighter from the Hashed Al-Shaabi walks inside al-Nour neighborhood in Tal Afar, the main remaining stronghold of the Islamic State, on August 23, 2017. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

The United Nations says ‘thousands of civilians’ have fled Tal Afar, but around 30,000 remain trapped

TAL AFAR, Iraq (Aug. 24, 2017) — Iraqi forces on Wednesday, August 23, recaptured several districts and advanced towards the center of Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State group’s last strongholds in the country, as aid workers braced for an exodus of civilians fleeing the fighting. Continue reading Iraqi forces advance towards heart of ISIS-held bastion

Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

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At least 35 minors, including a baby, are among the flow of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea as they fled unrest or poverty in their countries

At least 35 minors, including a baby, are among the flow of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea as they fled unrest or poverty in their countries

MADRID, Spain (Aug. 17, 2017) — Spanish coastguards rescued nearly 600 people from 15 boats and a jet ski on Wednesday, August 16, in the waters between Morocco and Spain, a route increasingly used by migrants trying to reach Europe. Continue reading Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

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BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy summons Austria’s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year

ROME, Italy (Jul. 5, 2017) — Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador Tuesday, July 4, after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year. Continue reading Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Australia warned it has radically underestimated climate change security threat

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Fijian girl walks over flooded land in her village. Photograph: chameleonseye/Getty Images

Senate inquiry starts as report into political, military and humanitarian risks of climate change across Asia Pacific released

June 20, 2017 — As the Senate launches an inquiry into the national security ramifications of climate change, a new report has warned global warming will cause increasingly regular and severe humanitarian crises across the Asia-Pacific. Continue reading Australia warned it has radically underestimated climate change security threat

Displaced people hits record high globally due to war, persecution – UN

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SAVE A LIFE. By the time you finish this sentence, someone will have been displaced by war, conflict and violence. In 2016, 10.3 million were newly displaced, an equivalent of one person every three seconds. Photo credit:UNHCR/A. McConnell

More than 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2016, according to a new report from the UN Refugee Agency

MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 19, 2017) — The number of displaced people in the world has risen to a new record high due to war, persecution, and violence, according to the latest report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Continue reading Displaced people hits record high globally due to war, persecution – UN